North Central Florida Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

The Difference Between a Correct and Incorrect AC Installation

Monday, October 14th, 2019

We’re always baffled by homeowners who spend all this money on an expensive new air conditioner, only to throw it away by having it poorly installed by a handyman or family member. Not that we have anything against having your gifted uncle make a few repairs around the house, but your air conditioner should not be one of them. Improper air conditioner installation is an ugly monster that rears its head in our community every once in a while, always bringing bad news and that looming sense of dread when you hear how much money a replacement system will cost.

In order to avoid costly replacements or AC repair in Lake City, FL, you’re going to want to have your system professionally installed. Nope, it doesn’t matter how much money you could save by having your family friend install it for you, one tiny mistake could lead to a nasty expense down the line.

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The Benefits of Frequent Filter Changes

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Airflow is incredibly important. You’re essentially suffocating your brand-new AC system if you don’t clean or replace the air filters every month or so. We know that it can be a hassle, but having a well-maintained, functioning air conditioner in Florida is essential to keep that high heat and humidity at bay. Without changing the filter, your air conditioner’s lifespan could be cut in half.

Don’t panic! Chances are, if you’re worried about your AC at all, you’re vigilant enough to change the filter before any problems happen. So, before you get up to call the top AC repair company in Gainesville and start wondering about which end of your unit to open up, take a look at our guide on the benefits that come from changing the filter. The knowledge as to why you’re changing the filter could help you remember next time when otherwise you would forget!

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Are Heat Pumps Worth the Hype?

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Heat pumps are all the rage these days, while we think there are benefits to all types of air conditioners, there is some truth to the rumors. Ductless air conditioners, or mini-splits as they’re called, these powerful systems are an effective and efficient alternative to those who don’t want extensive ductwork installed in their home. Just because your home is too small or too old for air ducts to be installed, doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from high-quality cooling!

There are many advantages that come with a ductless air conditioner that we will be going over. However, the fact of the matter is, they are definitely worth the hype and if you’ve been thinking about making the switch then this post is just for you. Remember that these big switches should never be considered alone. It’s always a good idea to contact a professional technician when considering a new AC system or for air conditioning repair in Lake City, FL.

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Considering Going Ductless? Here’s What You Should Know!

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

As we say often in the industry, we’re living in a ductless world nowadays. Ductless air conditioners are all the rage and for good reason! They’re highly efficient when it comes to energy usage, as well as a few perks that central air conditioners don’t have. However, it’s only right for us to be honest about why it’s necessary to contact a professional for ductless installation. A lot of homeowners think they can set up their air conditioning in Live Oak, FL themselves, but you could run into some serious problems without proper training.

The advantages of ductless air conditioners are well worth the cost of calling a professional for the installation. Don’t take this the wrong way, we highly recommend heat pump air conditioners for their advantages, but it’s always better for consumers to know exactly what they’re getting into. You’ll want to know these few things before you make the dive into ductless technology yourself.

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“Does Changing My Air Filter Impact My AC?”

Monday, August 5th, 2019

man-holding-air-filterIf you’ve ever talked to an HVAC pro about your air filter, you’ve probably heard the advice to change it out every month or so. Or if you have a higher quality filter, perhaps every 3 months.

And you might have assumed the reason for this is to improve your indoor air quality. That’s a safe assumption to make—after all, air filtration systems and air purifiers are designed for the purpose of improving indoor air quality.

But the filter that comes standard in your HVAC system is actually not there for that reason. Rather, it is intended to protect the innermost parts of your air conditioner and furnace from dust, dirt, and other debris that can cause friction on its interior components and affect the performance of the system.

Therefore, to answer the question we asked in the title, yes, changing your air filter does impact your air conditioner. Want to learn more? Read on!

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6 Noises You Don’t Want Your AC Making

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

surprised-looking-womanWouldn’t it be great if we had self-diagnosing air conditioners? You know, when something is wrong, like a refrigerant leak or a loose component, our air conditioners could shoot us a text message and say “Hey, service me!”? It’s really not too far-fetched of an idea—but alas, not a reality yet.

No, for now we have to depend on other methods to determine if our cooling systems are in need of service. Maybe it’s being mindful of whether the cooling output is as powerful as usual. Or it could be paying attention to how often the circuit breaker trips.

One of the most common signs that something is amiss with your cooling system is loud, unnatural noises. Essentially, anything outside of the normal hum of the fans and compressor or the occasional clicking of the system coming on and shutting off is cause for concern. 6 sounds, in particular, you never want to hear coming from your AC include:

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Short-Cycling and Your AC: What It Is and Why It’s Bad

Monday, July 8th, 2019

top-view-of-an-air-conditioner-outside-unitOne of the most common, and unfortunately harmful, problems an air conditioner can have is something called short-cycling. This is both a symptom of a problem and a cause of a problem. Sometimes a few simple adjustments may be all that’s needed to repair the issue. But in many cases, it will require professional repairs from a trained and experienced HVAC technician (which is what we’re here for!)

Short-cycling must be remedied though, and not neglected. Otherwise, you could find yourself facing a premature replacement need for your air conditioner—and in the meantime find yourself wasting a lot of energy and subsequent money.

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Tips for Boosting AC Efficiency and Avoiding Repair Needs

Monday, June 24th, 2019

air-conditioner-unitsWhile the rest of the country gears up for summer weather, we’ve already been dealing with it for months. There is no denying that our air conditioners get quite the workout, and therefore it’s imperative that we care for them properly.

This means scheduling maintenance once a year, for starters (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump). Without this maintenance, you can find yourself facing unexpected repair needs, and perhaps even a shortened system lifespan. Maintenance helps improve the efficiency of your system, too—but it’s not the only way to improve efficiency!

In fact, there are some very low to no cost things you can do on your own to boost your air conditioners performance and efficiency while improving your home comfort and reducing the risk of sudden repair needs.

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How to Hire a Great AC Repair Technician

Monday, June 10th, 2019

ac-technician-working-on-air-conditionerIf you want a great technician to handle your air conditioning repair, then you need a great air conditioning company. You rely on your cooling system on almost a daily basis in this part of the world, and therefore you need it to function at its best. Therefore, you wouldn’t want to trust its service to just anyone.

We recommend partnering with a knowledgeable and trustworthy HVAC contractor for whatever your air conditioning or heating needs are. You don’t want to rush into a decision and just go with an amateur repair professional just because it’s cheaper. Remember, the phrase, “you get what you pay for” often rings true for jobs like this. We encourage you to do your research and partner with the best HVAC company and AC repair technician you can find. We’ve provided some guidelines below on how you can ensure this is the case.

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Loss of Cooling Power: What’s Wrong with Your AC

Monday, May 27th, 2019

woman-in-home-with-fan-looking-hotMay in Florida may as well be the middle of August for other parts of the country—meaning, it’s already HOT! And we’re using our air conditioners on a daily basis. So if you’ve noticed something wrong with your air conditioner at this point, it’s absolutely a cause for concern. For instance, did you notice a loss of cooling power or lack of cool air coming from your air conditioner?

Obviously, you know this is a problem. You don’t need what essentially is now a fan blowing around warm air in your home. You’ll likely need to call for professional repair, but in the meantime, we’ve shared some insight below into what may be causing this very frustrating issue.

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